Dwarf planet

Haumea is one of five dwarf planets currently identified in our solar system (along with Ceres, Pluto, Eris, and Makemake). Its orbit is in the distant reaches beyond Neptune, in what is known as the Kuiper belt.

These two images were taken three nights apart. In the first, Haumea is just to the lower right of the bright star in the center of the picture. In the image taken three nights later, Haumea has moved toward the lower left, but still not far from the center.

Image details:  Each image is based on exposures of 10 minutes luminance and 6 minutes each of red, green, and blue, taken with an SBIG ST8300M imager and a Meade 14-inch LX850 telescope at f/6.

August 26-29, 2016